Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government has bben caught in a dilemma in the wake of Uma Bharti’s fast on a sensitive issue like Ganga and the speculations of her return to the party fold Sensing the gravity of the situation, the state government is treading cautiously.

According to reports, Chief Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank himself is keeping a tab over the developments and has given adequate hint that the government is ready to agree to all her valid demands.

Nishank said, “We are open for talks on the matter and the government will agree to all legitimate demands. The state government will consider her demands and will try to make every possible effort to resolve the issue.”

“As such, party has always been in favour of conserving Ganga and with this objective the ‘Sparsh Ganga’ campaign was started in the state,” he added.

Although former Madhya Pradesh chief minister has been out of the saffron party for quite some time, rumours are rife in the political circles about her imminent homecoming.

Amidst speculations, Uma Bharti began her fast on Tuesday demanding review of hydropower projects being developed on river Ganga and gave a call for saving Dhara Devi temple.
As a part of her ‘Samgra Ganga’ campaign, the outspoken Bharti has raised several questions in terms of benefits of power projects in the Himalayan region, other sources of development and employment and development opportunities for local residents.

Although most of the questions raised by her tend to target the Centre directly, the state government is also coming under the wrap, creating a grim situation for the latter.

Indeed, the Bharatiya Janata Party in the past has been supporting such agitations in order to target the Central government. But this time, issues like small projects being developed on Ganga, employment opportunities for locals, shifting of Dhara Devi temple may become the cause of worry for the BJP-ruled state government.

Bharti, who is spearheading the campaign, has already been a senior BJP leader  and if she returns, the firebrand leader will be in a commanding position in the organisation. In such a situation, it will not be easy for the state government to take any step.

It is for this reason, that the CM is reviewing the whole situation. As such, Uma has always shared a close bond with Nishank and the latter also addressing her as ‘Didi’.

Meanwhile, as the agitation of Bharti entered its second day on Wednesday, the former BJP leader called for the support of ‘akahdas’ and saint community for her ‘Samgra Ganga’ campaign.

JPN/Bureau